Professor Tom Lockwood MA, MPhil, PhD

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Department of English Literature
Professor of English Literature

Contact details

Room 402, Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My teaching and research interests move across the early modern period, through Shakespeare and into the Romantic period, with a particular focus on the way in which later writers respond to, adapt and use earlier writers. My current teaching includes leading seminars on Shakespeare’s Tragedies (final year) and Poetry (first year), as well as lectures across my areas of expertise. My current research projects include work on Ben Jonson’s poetry, the writing and relationships of Dryden and Congreve, the Restoration records of the Stationers’ Company, and a British Academy-funded project on the professional and creative life of the early poet and lawyer, Sir John Davies.

I continue to enjoy academic leadership roles at Birmingham, and am the academic lead for our unique partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. I was Head of the School of English, Drama and Creative Studies from 2019-2023, which was a very interesting period to be Head of anything. For the three preceding years, 2016-19, I was the Director of Education for the College of Arts and Law, having previously held a number of leadership roles in the School since joining it in 2005, including the year 2014-15, in which I was Deputy Head of School and Head of Education.


MA, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)


I came to Birmingham in 2005 from the universities of Cambridge and Leeds; I studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Girton College, Cambridge, and held a three-year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Leeds.


I enjoy teaching across the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Birmingham, with a particular concentration in writing of the early modern and romantic periods.

I received an Award for Excellence in both elements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education that I completed at Birmingham in 2011; in 2008 I was awarded one of the University's Excellence in Teaching prizes. I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since November 2011.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students across the range of my teaching and research interests.

I have been the lead or co-supervisor for a number of students who have completed their doctorates:

Wendy Trevor, whose thesis explored the varieties of dramatised male friendship in the early modern period, and is now Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Maria College, NY ;
Natalie Aldred, who edited William Haughton's play, Englishmen for My Money;
Harry Newman, whose thesis explored questions of impression and identity in Shakespeare, and who is now a Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London;
Kerry Cooke, who wrote on professionalism in Angel Day's manual, The English Secretary, and is now Assistant Professor of Theatre and Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University, VA;
Jennie Challinor, whose AHRC-funded research explored the drama of the 1670-71 theatre season, and who is now a Teaching Fellow in English Literature in our School;
Georgina Hildick-Smith, who wrote on education and value in early modern drama;
Phil Jones, who wrote on the reception of Samuel Johnson;
Neil Halliday, who wrote on De Quincey and Romantic autobiography; and
Aurora Martinez, who wrote on pastoral from Marvell to Wordsworth;
Nicola Westwood, who wrote on Romantic-period abolitionist literature.

I am currently lead or co-supervisor for the following students:

Charlotte Evans, who is writing on Keats and early modern writers;
Heloise Senechal, who is editing Thomas Dekker's play, Satiromastix; and
Wendy Armstrong, who is editing some of Anthony Munday's prose pamphlets.

I am interested in supervising MA, MPhil and PhD candidates in the following areas and will be pleased to respond to enquiries:

Early modern poetry and drama, including Shakespeare
Romantic writing
The relationships of Renaissance and Romantic writers
Ben Jonson and his contemporaries
Charles Lamb and his collaborators
The relationships of manuscript and print

Find out more - our PhD English Literature  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research explores the relationships between Renaissance writers and their later readers, and the material forms in which these and other textual exchanges take place. My first book, Ben Jonson in the Romantic Age (Oxford University Press, 2005), explores the many forms in which Jonson was mobile within the Romantic period. The book is part of my ongoing interest in the ways in which understandings of Renaissance writers and their texts have transformed by the history of their productions, publication and readership.

I delivered the Chatterton Lecture on English Poetry at the British Academy in October 2009, speaking on the title ‘Donne, By Hand’ (podcast of the lecture). I earlier spoke at the British Academy on ‘Milton in the Twentieth Century’ as part of a colloquium to celebrate the quatercentenary of Milton’s birth in December 2008, later published in John Milton: Life, Writing, Reputation. I have published widely on poetic and dramatic manuscripts from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries: I was awarded The Review of English Studies Essay Prize (2003) for my article, 'The Sheridans at Work', and my article reporting the text of a new country house poem, 'All Hayle to Hatfeild', was chosen for republication in the 40th Anniversary Virtual Issue of English Literary Renaissance. A new piece in The Review of English Studies announces ‘Another New Manuscript of Sir John Davies’s Epigrams’, and begins a conversation about the reasons why we might now need of a new edition of Davies’s Works.

My chapter on the poetry and career of one of Francis Bacon’s chaplains, William Lewis, formed part of a collection of essays published by Manchester University Press, Chaplains in Early Modern England, which I co-edited with Hugh Adlington and Gillian Wright; and I have explored Charles Lamb's Specimens of English Dramatic Poets (1808) and Extracts from the Garrick Plays (1827). My article on William Hazlitt's reading and use of Lamb's Specimens was published in The Hazlitt Review (2014), and I wrote about Lamb's newly recovered copy of Ben Jonson in a piece comparing his responses to Jonson with those of John Thelwall, 'Jonson and the Friends of Liberty'.

My most recent piece explores 'Byron and Rochester'; and I am currently working on book chapters on Ben Jonson's poetry and on Dryden and Congreve, both for Oxford University Press.


Recent publications


Lockwood, T 2018, '‘To return into Vabrillax’: fragments of a new early modern prose romance [with text]', English Literary Renaissance, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 136-159.

Lockwood, T 2016, '"At Mr Marston's Request": Edward Pudsey and the Inns of Court', Notes and Queries, vol. 63, no. 3.

Lockwood, T 2016, 'Another New Manuscript of Sir John Davies's Epigrams', The Review of English Studies, vol. 67, no. 282, pp. 875-896.

Lockwood, T 2016, 'Charles Lamb’s religion, ‘if they can find out what it is’', Notes and Queries.

Lockwood, T 2015, 'Charles Lamb's copy of 'On Needle-work'', Charles Lamb Bulletin, vol. 162, pp. 119-124.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Lockwood, T 2024, "(Tho' with some short Parenthesis between :)" : John Dryden's Punctuation. in EM Bonapfel, M Faulkner, J Gutierrez & J Lennard (eds), A History of Punctuation in English Literature. vol. 3 vols, Cambridge University Press.

Lockwood, T 2018, Jonson and the Friends of Liberty. in M Butler & J Richard (eds), Jonson's Afterlives. Cambridge University Press.

Lockwood, T 2016, Jonson's Reception: The Nineteenth Century. in E Giddens (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Ben Jonson. Oxford University Press.

Lockwood, T 2016, Marvell and Jonson. in M Dzelzainis & E Holberton (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell. Oxford University Press.


Lockwood, T 2023, 'Ben Jonson'. in LL Knoppers (ed.), The Oxford History of Poetry in English: Volume 5. Seventeenth-Century British Poetry. Oxford History of Poetry in English, vol. 5, Oxford University Press.

Lockwood, T 2023, Dryden and Congreve (and Milton and Jonson). in SN Zwicker & MC Augustine (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Restoration Literature. Oxford Handbooks, Oxford University Press.

Lockwood, T 2015, Rochester and Rhyme. in MC Augustine & SN Zwicker (eds), Lord Rochester in the Restoration World . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 270-290.

Lockwood, T 2014, The Works of Ben Jonson (1692): Textual Essay. in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson - Online. Cambridge University Press. <>

Lockwood, T 2014, The Works of Ben Jonson (1716-17): Textual Essay. in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson - Online. Cambridge University Press. <>


Lockwood, T 2018, A new introduction to The Merchant of Venice. in MM Mahood (ed.), The Merchant of Venice. 3/e edn, New Cambridge Shakespeare, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 53-69. <>

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English literary writing from the Renaissance to the Romantic periods; the relations between the periods; the manuscript and printed forms in texts circulated